The kit was pretty simple; three swabs. Brush the inside of your cheek, seal it in an envelope, and send it on its way.
If you’re like me, the thought of donating bone marrow is scary. I’ve heard about drills and pain… but that’s not how it is these days. Now they’re looking for stem cells, and those are in your blood. So if I’m a genetic match to help my coworker (or anyone else, for that matter), it’s very simple, and relatively painless. It’s more like going to dialysis than anything else. Tap a vein in each arm, and the blood comes out, goes into a machine that separates out the stem cells needed for the therapy being provided, and the rest of your blood is returned to you.
Six hours! Oh, wait, and maybe save someone’s life. Sounds like a pretty good exchange to me.
Click here to learn more about how the patient benefits. Or, this next link is if you’re interested in learning more about being part of the Be The Match registry.